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Boost It, a new programme from the Social Entrepreneurs Fund has opened for applications this week.  Delivered by social enterprise agency Firstport and funded by the Scottish Government, Boost It will support social enterprises in Scotland to strengthen their businesses so they can successfully sustain trading.

A peer counselling service to disabled adults, a ‘social croft’ providing a supportive environment for visitors with support needs, and a parenting group for families with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder have been announced as the 2019 winners of the Social Innovation Competition.

Fifteen social entrepreneurs have secured a share of £175,000 from social enterprise start-up agency Firstport.

1 in 10 women in the UK cannot afford period products. Scotland based Social Enterprise, Hey Girls, are on a mission to eradicate Period Poverty in the UK. The Hey Girls BuyOneGiveOne business model matches every box of product bought to donate to a woman in need. Hey Girls have also pledged plastic free, with all products containing only organic, compostable and vegan friendly ingredients.

Did you know that 68% of women Hey Girls chatted to who got their period at work left immediately if they didn’t have the right product to hand? The Scottish based Social Enterprise has launched a nation-wide Period Dignity campaign to bring period equality in the UK workplace.

To succeed and thrive, social enterprises must communicate well, evidence their worth and compete for business in a busy and innovative marketplace. Investment in a strong and well thought out brand should be core to ongoing sustainability and growth but too often, social enterprises struggle to develop the kind of brand that will set the course of future success.

The finalists for Converge 2019, Scotland’s leading entrepreneurial development programme for Higher Education, have been revealed, illustrating how Scotland’s Universities are competing on the global stage with ground breaking innovations.

An award-winning Scottish property management social enterprise, which helps vulnerable housing tenants access quality housing, has been awarded £2.4 million in National Lottery funding to roll out its successful model across the UK.

The third bi-annual Social Enterprise in Scotland Census results have been announced at the Social Enterprise Policy & Practice Conference.

Amee Richie, co-founder of Bampoo, is one of 12 social entrepreneurs to secure a share of £60,000 funding in the latest round of Start-It awards. Delivered by social enterprise start-up agency Firstport, Start-It awards are part of the Scottish Government’s Social Entrepreneurs Fund and support social entrepreneurs get their ideas off the ground and running.

LaunchMe, Scotland’s social enterprise accelerator programme has opened its fifth round of applications, looking for innovative social enterprises with the ambition to grow and achieve social impact at scale.


It's a busy month for Social Enterprises and there are lots of events and funding opportunities that you should be aware of!

Charity Bank is inviting trustees, directors, CEOs and managers of charities, social enterprises and community organisations in Edinburgh to sign up for a free event on 12th September.

Social Investment Scotland (SIS) has launched two funding challenges worth £3.3 million, designed to support all social enterprises – large and small - across Scotland with applications closing 22nd August.

Power Up investment programme is managed by Big Issue Invest, the social investment arm of The Big Issue
A further £50,000 investment and mentorship from BII’s Power Up Scotland programme helps trailblazing social enterprise Hey Girls fight period poverty.

Social Enterprise that uses circus skills to improve the welfare of Leith’s youth secures £25,000 of funding in Firstport’s latest Build It Award.

2 July 2019

An annual competition looking for innovative solutions to social issues has opened for applications today. The Social Innovation Competition offers three £5000 awards (including the Young Social Innovator category open to applicants aged 16–30), combined with tailored support to refine and develop these ideas.

Gaming social enterprise receives funding to make eSporting events accessible to all across Scotland.

June Events

June 14, 2019

Events, training, and funding coming up in June

Third sector partnership wins Business Support contract

What if…North Edinburgh, a social enterprise programme looking to inspire residents in the north of the city to test ideas that have a positive impact in the community has officially launched this week.

Social Enterprise news and events. 

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